The South Sydney Rabbitohs congratulate Club legend Sam Burgess on his appointment as the Head Coach of the Warrington Wolves for the next two seasons.
Burgess, a premiership-winning player with the Rabbitohs, is currently an assistant coach at South Sydney and will remain in this role until the end of this season, before heading back to the English Super League to become the Head Coach of the Warrington Wolves for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
Rabbitohs CEO, Blake Solly, says Burgess has made an enormous contribution to the Rabbitohs.
"Sam made his name in the Super League playing for the Bradford Bulls and first arrived on our shores to join our Club on his 21st birthday in 2009," Mr Solly said.
"Since then, he has gone on to win multiple George Piggins Medals, a Clive Churchill Medal and the Rabbitohs 21st premiership in 2014.
"Since his playing career has come to an end, he has set his sights on a coaching career which saw him coach his own side in the Orara Valley Axemen to a Grand Final last season, as well as assisting with our NRL side and our young talent over the past season with a specific focus on defence.
"Sam has been presented with an opportunity to become a Head Coach of one of the powerhouse clubs in the Super League competition and it's an opportunity he wanted to take in his coaching journey. He moves to Warrington later this year with our blessing and we know he will be doing everything he can help us win our 22nd premiership before he leaves.
"On behalf of everyone at the Rabbitohs, we wish Sam and his fiancée Lucy the very best of luck when they return to England. We hope that sometime in the not-too-distant future the Rabbitohs can take on the Wire in the World Club Challenge."
Sam Burgess thanked the Rabbitohs for their support of his move to the UK.
"To Russell (Crowe), Blake (Solly) and JD (Jason Demetriou) and the stakeholders at South Sydney, thank you for supporting me in taking on this new position. We still have an opportunity to play some great football for the remainder of the year, and to do so alongside our current staff and squad is my focus.
"To the South Sydney Members, the greatest fans in the game, I forever thank you for always being behind me. I will carry that support I feel from you wherever I go. This is not goodbye, but see you all soon. SB #1073"